USCM: Revere wins Google's Get Your Business Online City Challenge
Mayor Rizzo is awarded for helping Revere's small businesses get online
REVERE, Mass.-- Today at Revere City Hall, the U.S. Conference of Mayors and
Google awarded Mayor Rizzo and the City of Revere as one of the three winners
of Google's Get Your Business Online City Challenge. Mayor Rizzo lead a number
of initiatives to help Revere's small businesses get online.
U.S. Conference of Mayors
More than 150 Mayors and their cities participated in the City Challenge,
which Google launched with the US Conference of Mayors in June of 2013. Cities
held events, conducted outreach, and formed partnerships to encourage local
businesses to get online. The winning cities were celebrated for their
creative, far reaching, and scalable efforts. One of Revere's initiatives was
a "Tech Buddies" program where participating high school students provided
help for small businesses who needed assistance creating their website. They
also recruited students to go door-to-door to visits businesses and
demonstrate the real power of an online presence using tables. Additionally,
Revere hosted a total of 14 training sessions for small businesses to teach
them how to get online.
As part of their prize package, winning cities will be given a technology
prize package valued at $50,000 that includes phones, tablets, and laptops.
The ceremony today recognized Mayor Rizzo and the Revere Get Your Business
Online team for their great efforts to get Revere businesses online.
"We would not have been able to win this award without the support of our
partners, which include: the Revere Chamber of Commerce, Revere Community
School, Interact Club, Youth in Action, The Neighborhood Developers, and
Revere TV," explained Mayor Rizzo. "I am excited about the new resources we
are receiving which will enable the Revere Get Your Business Online Team to
enhance outreach and advocacy for small business owners in Revere."
"Over the next 3 years, businesses that make use of the web expect to grow 40%
faster than those that don't. Yet, 55% of America's businesses don't have a
website." said Soo Young Kim, Head of Google's Get Your Business Online
Program. "We are thrilled to see the great strides cities made in helping to
get their local businesses online where there customers are."
"As expected, our partnership with Google on the Get Your Business Online City
Challenge has brought out the best in our nation's cities with creative
strategies for engaging small businesses in communities from coast to coast.
We could not be more proud of the great efforts of our winners and the over
150 cities participating in the challenge." said US Conference of Mayors CEO
and Executive Director Tom Cochran.
About The United States Conference of Mayors
The U.S. Conference of Mayors is the official nonpartisan organization of
cities with populations of 30,000 or more. There are nearly 1,400 such cities
in the country today, and each city is represented in the Conference by its
chief elected official, the mayor. Like us on Facebook at
facebook.com/usmayors, or follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/usmayors.
About Get Your Business Online
Get Your Business Online is an easy and fast way for small businesses to get
online. Small businesses need to be online because their customers are. While
97% of Internet users look online for local products and services, 55% of
small businesses do not have a website or online presence. Get Your Business
Online provides small businesses with a free website as well as free tools,
training, and resources to help their business succeed online.
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